Naima is a talented painter of traditional alpana patterns, which Bangladeshi women and girls paint on their houses for special celebrations. But Naima is not satisfied just painting alpana. She wants to help earn money for her family, like her best friend, Saleem, does for his family. When Naima's rash effort to help puts her family deeper in debt, she draws on her resourceful nature and her talents to bravely save the day. Includes a glossary of Bangla words and an author's note about a changing Bangladesh and microfinance.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - EllieRickett - LibraryThing
A fantastic book which explores the cultural heritage, art and traditions of Bangladesh. Tells the story of one Bangladeshi girls' dreams for gender equality as she works to raise money to help ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - aclemen1 - LibraryThing
In her Bangladesh village, ten-year-old Naima excels at painting designs called alpanas, but to help her impoverished family financially she would have to be a boy--or disguise herself as one. This book teaches many lesson from just caring for you family, truth, and the importance of working. Read full review